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Angry Birds Star Wars

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Familiar brands combine in smart way, ramping up fun factor.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn a little about physics, logic, and strategy as they figure out the best ways to solve the game's puzzles. Players need to analyze each tower and evaluate their birds' abilities before setting out to demolish structures in as efficient a manner as possible. Kids can also use momentum to make objects slam into each other and cause destructive chain reactions. Angry Birds Star Wars lets kids observe real-world physics concepts through hands-on, trial-and-error puzzle solving.

Ease of play

The controls are as easy as ever, but puzzles can be quite tricky. Instructions are shown in pictures, so no reading is required.

Violence & scariness

When birds make contact with an obstacle they disappear in a tuft of feathers, but they demonstrate no pain and seem perfectly willing participants in the mayhem. Defeated pigs disappear in a puff of smoke. Pigs that are damaged but not yet defeated display bruising. In addition to using themselves as weapons, some birds (and pigs) fire lasers or swing lightsabers. 

Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

The app contains links to download other Angry Birds games as well as a link to buy a real-world board game. The first two worlds (60 levels) and bonus levels are included, but players must pay another $1.99 to unlock a world where they can build a new lightsaber. Players can also pay to purchase Mighty Falcon power-ups (for up to $20), or earn them in-game. The app is obviously tied with the Star Wars franchise as well. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Angry Birds Star Wars is the latest installment in the incredibly popular mobile game franchise. The game features the same fun and challenging physics puzzles found in all variations of the game, combining both physics and gravitational pull, depending on the level. There is some commercialism as Rovio expands its brand, and players can purchase additional Mighty Falcon power-ups -- but they can also earn them in-game. The app's cartoonish violence is unlikely to upset anyone. Players on iOS devices can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional. HD versions for the iPad and certain Android devices are available for $2.99.

What's it about?

Kids drag and tap their finger on the screen to aim and launch birds out of a giant slingshot to collapse structures and destroy the pigs that are hidden on and inside them. By observing how the birds behave in flight, players learn how gravity and momentum affect objects in motion. Players can retry a level as many times as they want without penalty, leaving them free to experiment with different strategies until they've mastered the level. Unlike other Angry Birds games, certain birds evolve and develop new skills as you play, letting you rethink strategy along the way.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Whenever two brands like Angry Birds and Star Wars team up, there's often some skepticism, but thankfully the pairing works wonderfully here. The game starts slow -- and seems initially like a rehash of the Angry Birds game we've played a million times, but new skills quickly become apparent as new birds are introduced -- and some birds gain new abilities, a nice shake-up to the formula. 

The game not only blends what Rovio has done with the terrestrial and space versions of the game, but it also incorporates elements of the Star Wars mythos (like levitating things with the Force or lightsabers) into the game in smart ways that up the fun factor. There are plenty of included levels and more promised on the way. No matter how tired you might be of Angry Birds at this point, Rovio has once again made a game that will suck you in. 

Families can talk about...

  • Help kids build their own structures and knock them over. How can the physics principles learned in Angry Birds Star Wars be applied to these real-life models?

  • If your kids follow the Star Wars franchise, ask them how the plot, setting, and characters and their abilities in this game compare to those in other Star Wars titles.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
Subjects:Science: momentum, physics
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: logic, solving puzzles, strategy
Price:$.99-$2.99
Release date:November 8, 2012
Category:Puzzle Games
Size:28.30 MB
Publisher:Rovio Entertainment Ltd
Version:1.0.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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Adult Written byTimTheTVGuy February 11, 2013

Angry Birds Star Wars FTW.

I'm SUCH a huge fan of Angry Birds.Star Wars is awesome too.This is why Angry Birds Star Wars is my favorite Angry Birds app.PLUS,it is very addictive.You SERIOUSLY haven't lived until you played this app.
Kid, 11 years old November 11, 2012

Angry Birds Star Wars: Flying Birds, only this time in space with Star Wars

AHAHAHA im first reviewer Anyway, the next chapter in the Angry Birds Saga is Star Wars themed (it had to happen sometime) but combining two crazy franchises made one crazy but good game. Pretty darn good.
Adult Written byJEDI micah February 11, 2013

The Force is strong in these birds!

As a fan of both Angry Birds and Star Wars, I can easily give this a short review by saying that great minds think alike! GET THIS APP!!!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
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